ARTEMIS

First astronaut missions to the Moon since 1972 delayed due to heat shield questions, hardware readiness

The Artemis 2 crew, standing in from of their Artemis spacecraft, discusses their planned around-the-moon flight with reporters at the Kennedy Space Center. Left to right: commander Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch and Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now. A quartet of astronauts will have to wait until next year before their …

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NASA’s moon program mobile launcher rolls back to the launch pad for testing

NASA’s Mobile Launcher begins its journey from the park site near the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch pad 39B. Image: NASA. The launch tower supporting the first three Artemis moon missions was back on the move for the first time Wednesday after more than half a year of repairs and upgrades. NASA’s 380-foot-tall mobile launcher …

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Artemis 2 astronauts get first look at their Orion moonship

The Artemis 2 crew, standing in from of their Artemis spacecraft, discusses their planned 2024 around-the-moon flight with reporters at the Kennedy Space Center. Left to right: commander Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch and Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Image: Adam Bernstein/Spaceflight Now. NASA’s four Artemis 2 astronauts, getting their first look at the Orion …

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NASA concerned SpaceX’s Starship schedule could delay moon landing

Artist’s illustration of the Starship landing system on the moon. Credit: SpaceX A senior NASA official raised concerns Wednesday that “difficulties” with SpaceX’s development of the huge new Starship rocket could delay the Artemis program’s first moon landing with astronauts from late 2025, a mission that will use a derivative of the Starship vehicle to …

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NASA awards Blue Origin $3.4 billion Artemis moon lander contract

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION Artist’s concept of Blue Origin’s 52-foot-tall (16-meter) Blue Moon lander. Credit: Blue Origin Blue Origin, the rocket company owned by Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos, has won a $3.4 billion NASA contract to build an Artemis lunar lander that will provide a downstream alternative to the Starship variant already being …

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Artemis 2 commander chats with Spaceflight Now

Reid Wiseman, a veteran U.S. Navy test pilot and former chief of NASA’s astronaut corps, will lead the four-person crew assigned to the Artemis 2 mission to carry people to the vicinity of the moon for the first time in more than 50 years. In a joint interview with Spaceflight Now and Space.com, Wiseman said …

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NASA names crew for first human mission to the moon in more than 50 years

A camera on-board NASA’s Orion Spacecraft captured this view of a crescent Earth beyond the lunar horizon on Dec. 5, 2022, when it completed a return flyby of the moon in the final days of the unpiloted Artemis 1 mission. Credit: NASA NASA announced Monday that former U.S. Navy fighter pilots Reid Wiseman and Victor …

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NASA set to announce crew of Artemis 2 moon mission

NASA will unveil the four crew members Monday who will fly around the moon on the first piloted flight of the agency’s Orion deep space capsule on the Artemis 2 mission as soon as late next year. Three Americans and one Canadian will fly on the Artemis 2 mission, the next test flight in NASA’s …

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Work begins to harvest Orion spacecraft hardware for Artemis 2 lunar flight

A truck carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft from the Artemis 1 test flight arrived back at Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 30. Credit: NASA Fresh off the 1.4-million-mile Artemis 1 test flight around around the moon, NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrived Dec. 30 back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where technicians will offload propellants and payloads, …

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Artemis 1 back on Earth after near-flawless 25-day moon mission

NASA’s Orion spacecraft descends under three. orange and white main parachutes. Credit: NASA NASA’s Orion spacecraft parachuted to a gentle splashdown in the Pacific Ocean Sunday west of Baja California, ending an unpiloted test flight to the moon that spanned 25-and-a-half days and 1.4 million miles, proving out a new rocket and capsule to carry …

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